Few design elements add richness and warmth to a property’s landscape like natural stone. From a stone retaining wall to walkways leading you from your home to your outdoor spaces, there are many ways to transform your yard and property with natural stone. Here are a few suggestions as you beautify your property with hardscaping:

Use natural stone for those “tough to grow” areas.

Every property has an area where it is difficult to grow anything. Perhaps it’s a sloped lawn area or a swampy section of your yard. Natural stone is an attractive solution. You could use it to create a primary or secondary patio or natural stone walkway, or even a boulder field interspersed with moss or other greenery.

Blend boulders with plants and flowers.

In nature, you’ll discover trees mixed with plants, rocks, flowers, and other materials. Large boulders and slabs dispersed throughout your landscape add seating in unexpected places, creating new and inviting areas for you to enjoy. They also give your property visual balance and texture.

Build your perfect fireplace or fire pit.

A fireplace or fire pit (or both) are musts for a complete landscape. This is where you take outdoor entertaining to a whole new level. Use different materials for the facade, exterior, interior, chimney, and ledges. A patio with stone seating and plenty of room for chairs enhances the ambiance.

Create a three-season outdoor kitchen.

When designed well, your outdoor kitchen can truly become an extension of your home, and The Todd Group has vast experience creating outdoor kitchens with adjacent seating and dining areas. Natural stone will bring this space to life and you can incorporate different types into every element—from the flooring to the walls, from the seating areas to the walkways and steps.

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Mix and match.

There are many types of natural stone to choose from, and you can incorporate a variety into your landscape. Brick is highly durable and offers a classic feel. Bluestone achieves a truly natural look and can be cut to just about any size. Limestone is another durable product that is commonly used for pool surrounds. Flagstone is a popular choice for patios, driveways, and walkways and comes in a wide variety of materials, colors, and textures.

Natural stone is versatile and beautiful and can take your landscape to a new level of sophistication. It has many advantages, including its long lifespan, affordability, durability, and low maintenance (although some types do require regular sealing). There are many types and styles, and best of all, no two pieces of natural stone look the same.

The Todd Group incorporates natural stone into many high-end landscape projects throughout Northern New Jersey. We feel it is an essential part of a custom landscape and the best way to add uniqueness and elegance to your property. Our stone masons have designed and built stunning outdoor living areas, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, fire pits, artistic walkways, stone retaining walls, and just about every other kind of stone masonry project you can envision.

If we can help you create the landscape of your dreams, call us at (908) 204-9918.

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